What cigar are you enjoying with your tunes?

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  1. DC

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    For you aficionados who can appreciate the complexity of a good cigar, perhaps an excellent drink, and sophisticated tunes.

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  2. invalidbuffa

    invalidbuffa Audio tinkerer

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    One of my "special" cigars...

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    pipe smoker here; Kendal Flake (Gawith & Hoggarth) in a Peterson
     
  4. Mchaz

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    Apparently. Lol.

    My brother has been trying to turn me on to "good" scotch and cigars. I'm afraid I'm not manly enough for such pursuits.

    Inquiring minds want to know, what qualities are generally attributed to cigars of worth? Us audio nuts listen for detail, imaging, soundstage, balanced tone, etc from our equipment. What do cigar aficionados search for in a fine smoke?
     
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  5. KrisM

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    I don't smoke in the house, but I'm a fan of the Cohiba Siglo line. I also enjoy Partagas series P and D, and for something smaller, H. Upmann Coronas Junior make me quite happy. I enjoy the smaller Montecristos as well.
    I wish I could smoke in the house, but the smell lingers too long for me(and my wife). The last time I did that I listened to some Charlie Patton and smoked a nice Cohiba. It was great, but the house stank for a couple of days. I smoke in the garage now(or outside if the weather is nice). A great reason for keeping a decent garage system.:D
     
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    I like AVO's very much, wish I had one tonight. Had a couple of Macallan 12 yr old single malts at King's fish House tonight in celebration my daughter's birthday. The grilled local bluefin tuna wasn't bad either. :)
     
  7. KrisM

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    I'll offer my opinion, for what it is worth. I'm "manly" enough to enjoy a "good" stiff scotch(or other whiskey) on occasion. I'm also "manly" enough to enjoy a "good" cigar. I don't think they both have to be enjoyed together,though. Neither one has to be enjoyed at all.
    I prefer to enjoy a great cigar(for me) without a glass of something that I'm told I should be drinking with it. If I need a beverage with a cigar it is usually a glass of beer or wine, or maybe just some water to quench my thirst. The "star" of the occasion for me is the cigar, a big drink over-powers it sometimes. Some of the most enjoyable cigars I've ever had were with a nice cup of coffee. I think the night I found out my wife and I were adopting our daughter I sat in the snow in our backyard with a cigar, and a cup of coffee was the beverage.

    As for your question about the qualities, that is tough to answer. The simple answer is a cigar that is enjoyable(to you), doesn't burn too quick, and doesn't give you a cigar "hangover" the next day. For me it is often less about the actual cigar, and more about the hour or so it takes to smoke it, and the fact that everything else is put on hold. The slowing down and "smelling the roses" aspect is a huge part of it.
     
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    Not smoking tonight, but I smoked a Churchill two days ago listening to some Sade. One of my friends found a discount cigar store in the area and now we are enjoying 10-15 dollar cigars for 2-3 bucks. :smoke:
     
  9. motorstereo

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    What; and have nicotine stains on the gear:nono: Actually I used to fire up a moneymaker every now and then. They're made local here in Ct and they're a decent cigar. Then one fine evening I'm sitting down puffing away on one and listening to some tunes. I found much to my dismay that no matter how hard I tried to simply puff; that a fair amount of the smoke still ended up getting inhaled. That was the end of my cigar smoking.
     
  10. timofred

    timofred I'm just a garbage man...

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    I had a King Edward Imperial just yesterday.
    The others I have at the moment are Macanudo Ascot.
     
  11. Tom Brennan

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    I started smoking a pipe out on the balcony; cigars are so damned expensive I'm trying to hold to one of those a day now.
     
  12. analog addict

    analog addict Glory or Death!

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    "Inquiring minds want to know, what qualities are generally attributed to cigars of worth? "

    Hmmmm....That's a good question. Let's start with cosmetics....

    A nice uniform stick, with a clean square cut and a smooth looking wrapper. Little green sunspots are always a bonus, cause they are caused by droplets of water which dried on the wrapper and as far as I know are only found on the "Forbidden Fruit" A white powderly substance on the wrapper is called "bloom" and its OK. Small holes in the cigar are very bad and are typically caused by tobacco beetles, and if you pull one like this out of your humidor, it's time to act immediately.

    If you gently squeeze a good cigar it should feel firm, with no soft or hard spots along the length. It's shouldn't crack or make crunching sounds, but feel resilient. A too dry or too wet cigar will also reveal itself this way. A good even roll is key to an even burn. Even a high quality cigar loses appeal when it burns unevenly and keeps needing a relight to try and even it up.

    Speaking of burn, a good cigar should burn evenly and the ash should easily grow over an inch long without difficulty. A cigar that loses its ash quickly is typically rolled from short pieces of tobacco, clippings, floor sweepings, or even <shudder> machine rolled shredded tobacco. The ash color is not a giveaway of quality. A light ash is indicative of high magnesium content in the soil. Typically Cuban cigars have a darker ash. A good cigar should only need a puff every 1-2 minutes if well lit. This allows the smoker to savor the cigar and not feel like he/she is being rushed as to keep it going. It also allows you a chance to really enjoy the subtlties of the flavor, instead of that hot burnt flavor that comes from smoking one too fast. Don't stub a cigar out. Let it go out on it's own, put it into a commercail snuffer, or if necessary for the sake of speed, cut off the coal. Stubbing it out makes the residual aromas much stronget and harsher....

    Flavor, that's the $64,000 question. Good tobacco like good wine has a whole litany of flavor descriptions. Spicy, nutty, chocolate, coffee, earthy, etc. The thicker the ring (diameter) the wider the variety of tobaccos that can be used in the blend, and the longer the cigar, the more the blend can be varied down the length of the cigar. That's why the best cigars are the fattest and longest, because they allow the roller to demonstrate their ability to mold the flavors of the cigar into an experience that changes as the cigar is smoked.

    Different growing locations have different strength and flavor profiles. Domincans and Mexicans tend to be lighter, with Honduran and Nicuraguan medium to stronger. Cuban call fall anywhere along the spectrum. Non Cuban brands will many times be a mix of tobaccos from several regions. Watch out for a high Ligero content in a cigar. Turns a smoke into a real punch packing heater which could easily make your head spin and your face green

    For me, a Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona from Fidel's Island is as close to the ultimate smoking experience one can have. Be prepared to pay upwards of $25 apiece when you can find one, and sadly, not typically on these shores. However, in Canada or Europe, one can find them with some effort. Then put aside 60-90 miutes of your time when you aren't rushed and can really enjoy it. I also like a glass of some fine beverage, some vintage port or a good single malt or upper level brandy. Light that heater up take a sip, and for a little while you'll feel like the King of the World...Heh, becareful when you stand up afterwards, too....

    Oh and one last thing. It's widely held that a good cigar isn't worth smoking until its been laid down for at least two years in a proper humidor. This gives the tobaccos a chance to age and blend together. The well aged cigar will also shrink, making the label loosen. A loose label on a cigar from a reputable maker is a sign that a cigar has had a chance to age properly, and if you are lucky enough to find one like this at your tobaccanist, buy it and smoke it right away if you feel like it. I have some Cubans a friend gave me in 1996 that are still sitting in the bottom of my humidor.

    Hopefully I will have a good enough reason to pull one out and fire it up soon....
     
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  13. KrisM

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    Good post analogaddict.

    I find that the hardest part for me is finding that 60 minutes or so to actually enjoy a cigar. Life is a little too busy, at times. I refuse to smoke a cigar without the time to relax and enjoy it.
    On the bright side, I was in Cuba three years ago and I still have quite a few of the cigars I bought there waiting for me in my humidor. I'm guessing I'll still have a few of them in another three years.
     
  14. Kyluckyman

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    Smoking and drining were two vices that I gave up over twenty years ago. But if I were to smoke, it might be some of that California Zonk stuff. When I drank, I enjoyed Crown Royal straight or occansionally on the rocks. Scotch never agreed with my stomach.
     
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    Rocky patels are my favorites on the cheap. Vintage 1992's, robusto.
     
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    Macanudo Ascots. Smaller mild cigar, very nice. Come in tins of 10. I buy 100 at a time for best price. Payless cigars is good place to check out.
     
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    The Balvenie with a Punch Gran puro. The combination is so good it can't be legal.That 7 the Dahlquist, ahhhhhh.

    I try not to smoke in the house, but once in a while i let myself go. The gran puro is from...hmmm...but luckily I do not reside in the U.S.
     
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    Romeo y Julieta "Vintage"

    (no tunes at the moment - listening to the Detroit Tigers: 2 hour rain delay earlier, now in extra innings ... no music!)
     

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